International Political Economy


The core subject in International Political Economy is designed for students who want to know more about how power operates in the global economy. It provides students with a strong basis in the theoretical traditions of IPE and how they have evolved (often in line with dramatic shifts in economic conditions), the history of the global economy, and the empirical problems of the contemporary world economy. In so doing, it seeks to equip students with the knowledge and analytical skills to address some of the most pressing problems of our age: Why are there such enormous gaps between rich and poor? How do international systems of money and finance work, and why do they produce such dramatic crises? Can democratic oversight of capitalism really achieve anything in an era of globalization?

Students who participate will become part of the Department’s thriving research group in International Political Economy, which also has strong links with the Centre of European Politics (CEP) and also features researchers from elsewhere in the Department of Political Science. The core subject will feature a series of informal seminars to give students access not only to academics, but to former students and professionals now working with political economy topics outside of academia, and emphasize the links between IPE and the real world that IPE studies.   

Structure of the core subject

The core subject in International Political Economy consists of two compulsory courses which students have to take during the same Autumn semester:

  • Theories and issues in International Political Economy (15 ECTS)
  • Concepts and Methods in International Relations (7,5 ECTS)

A specific course description and learning outcome for each of the courses will be available after the 1st of May at  


Students completing the core subject will gain valuable analytical skills, as an understanding of the global economy is currently in high demand across a number of public and private sector institutions. They will appreciate how to relate different theoretical debates over the economy to practical examples and case studies.

Teaching Team

Jens Ladefoged Mortensen, Ian Manners and Ben Rosamond.

Registration for the core subject

You can read more about the registration process at your study information page at KUnet.


If you have any academic questions regarding the core subject, please contact Ben Rosamond. If you have any practical questions regarding registration for courses, exams or how to plan your study, please contact the Student Advisory Service.